Robert A Kinyon, Developer in New York, NY, United States
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Robert A Kinyon

Verified Expert  in Engineering

Software Developer

New York, NY, United States
Toptal Member Since
April 15, 2019

Robert has been in IT for over 20 years, playing nearly every position on the IT infield - from development to QA to DBA and now devops. Through every project, the unifying thread has always been making everyone around him 10x more effective by finding and removing the key friction points.


Roivant Sciences
Amazon Web Services (AWS), SAML, Okta, Node.js, Python, Jenkins, Vault, Packer...
Workday, Okta, Linux, SAML, LDAP, Python
Greenfish Bluefish
Agile Transformation, Python, Ruby, DevOps




Preferred Environment

Vim Text Editor, Python, Perl, Ruby, Git, Linux

The most amazing...

...project I had built was a relational database that versioned data just like Git version software.

Work Experience

Head of Devops

2018 - PRESENT
Roivant Sciences
  • Created a devops team.
  • Trained other developers.
  • Built a complete operations infrastructure from scratch.
  • Enabled developers to deploy over 10x/week without devops intervention.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), SAML, Okta, Node.js, Python, Jenkins, Vault, Packer, Terraform, Vagrant, Chef, Ruby


2017 - 2018
  • Managed Okta installation, onboarding 300+ apps.
  • Built Workday/LDAP/Okta integration for on- and off-boarding automation.
  • Designed framework for further integrations to Workday, LDAP, and Okta.
  • Supported custom Okta/Coupa integration.
Technologies: Workday, Okta, Linux, SAML, LDAP, Python


2014 - 2017
Greenfish Bluefish
  • Built a consulting company with over six clients.
  • Led agile transformations in all clients.
  • Led devops transformations in most clients.
  • Built a devops practice at a regional consulting company.
  • Trained multiple sysadmins and developers as devops engineers.
Technologies: Agile Transformation, Python, Ruby, DevOps

Vice President

2013 - 2014
JP Morgan Chase
  • Designed operational processes for 240 Node.js developers building the new site.
  • Architected Node.js repository management for handling security issues.
  • Built a team to manage said operational processes.
  • Mentored an existing devops team on new processes, procedures, and methods.
Technologies: DevOps, Node.js, RPM, Linux, Bash, Puppet, Ruby

Lead Engineer

2012 - 2013
  • Led the team launching on over 1,000 EC2 instances in three months.
  • Built back ends for to interface with over a dozen social sites using asynchronous Python.
  • Ran a globally-distributed team across four time zones.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), MySQL, Perl, Ruby, Twisted, Python

Head of ETL

2009 - 2012
Grant Street Group
  • Ran the ETL team for two years, overseeing the onboarding of Miami-Dade county.
  • Architected new ETL process allowing application code to be used instead of hand-crafted SQL.
  • Worked on a 1+ million-line Perl application.
  • Created a Cucumber-based startup for QA automation.
Technologies: ETL, Linux, Oracle, MySQL, SQL, Perl


1999 - 2008
Various Clients
  • Designed and built a data collection and ETL platform to ingest network maps from merged mobile operators.
  • Maintained and extended the application used to test mobile base stations by mimicking network traffic from a telephone network.
  • Designed and built a reporting application that responded to changes in under two seconds. This required creating a denormalized reporting database.
  • Co-founded a startup to deliver a mapping application for roleplaying games where the users could create and edit maps in the browser.
  • Co-founded a startup to deliver a relational database where data changes were automatically tracked just like Git does for source code.
Technologies: ETL, Linux, Bash, Ruby, JavaScript, Python, Oracle, MySQL, Perl

DSL Maker
A library for writing multi-level DSLs in Ruby much easier than existing libraries.

A Pure-Perl multi-level Hash/Array DBM that supports transactions.

A tool for generating simulated data in an RDBMS. It does so by reading your schema and figuring out what needs to be created in order to give you what you want.

Packager DSL
A DSL for creating Debian and RPM packages.
1993 - 1998

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and Mathematics

Ripon College - Ripon, WI




Rake, Vagrant, Chef, Terraform, AWS SDK, Docker Compose, Packer, Puppet, Cucumber, Jira, Git, Vim Text Editor, Vault, Jenkins, RPM, Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR), Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), Confluence


Sinatra, Flask, Express.js, Twisted, Ruby on Rails (RoR)


Agile, REST, DevOps, ETL


Ruby, Python, Python 3, Perl, Bash, Bash Script, SAML, HTML, SQL, CSS, JavaScript


Docker, Linux, Apache2, Oracle, Amazon Web Services (AWS)


Amazon S3 (AWS S3), MySQL, RDBMS, PostgreSQL


Freelancing, Deployment, Development, QA Automation, Software QA, Ruby Gems, Agile Transformation, Software Development, Networks, Agile Sprints, Okta, LDAP, Workday

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